Today's Takeaway | November 6, 2012

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

The Election's $3 Billion Price Tag | Which Party Will Control the Senate? | Google versus Pollsters: Who's Right? | Can Superstition Predict Presidential Elections? | Bracing for the Nor'easter, Just Days After Sandy | The Huge Ballot Measures You Forgot Existed

The Election's $3 Billion Price Tag

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan, independent research group that tracks money in campaigns and elections, Obama and Romney's spending, in conjunction with the nearly $1 billion spent by super PACs, will likely add up to $3 billion by the time the polls close today. What have the American people gained from the seventeen month, $3 billion campaign? Stephen Dubner, author and host of "Freakonomics," explains. 

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Which Party Will Control the Senate?

The president and his opponent are receiving most of America’s attention today. But there are crucial Senate races unfolding across the country with the power to swing control in either direction. Todd Zwillich, our Washington correspondent, is here to give an assessment.

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Google versus Pollsters: Who's Right?

Throughout the day, voters will be polled as they exit their voting stations. But how seriously should we be taking those polls? Isn’t there a more accurate measurement of the electorate than a few thousand voters talking to a handful of pollsters? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz thinks so.

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Can Superstition Predict Presidential Elections?

So many dollars, so many votes, so much punditry. But does any of it really matter? It all just comes down to luck, right? Jacopo Della Quercia, a Cracked.com contributor, discusses election superstition.

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Bracing for the Nor'easter, Just Days After Sandy

Just when it seemed it couldn’t get any worse for people devastated by Sandy, a nor’easter is set to hit the East Coast, bringing with it rain, wind, and snow. The full force of the storm isn’t set to hit until Wednesday, but already it’s brought with it freezing temperatures that will continue to dip in the coming days. Sandy victims Jodi Jordan and Lauren Cook are still trying to rebuild.

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The Huge Ballot Measures You Forgot Existed

Forget the presidential hubbub. Millions of voters could wake up tomorrow in a state where marijuana is legal. Not medicinal, not decriminalized — legal. Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a legal analyst for 60 Minutes has more on the down-the-ballot measures that could change the country.

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Boiling Down the Past Four Years

We're finally here! The Takeaway has spent countless hours covering this campaign and election, and as we hunker down for a long week of coverage, we wanted to bring you a look back at the last four years of politics in America, starting on election day 2008 and bringing you all the way through yesterday's final comments from the candidates.

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